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UrbanMomma June 22nd, 2013 08:15 AM

Jam
 
Who here makes jam/preserves? Have a simple recipe?

mom2many2010 June 22nd, 2013 01:50 PM

Re: Jam
 
It depends on what fruit you are using, some of them need a pectin to set. I just follow the boxes instructions. Others work great with just a high sugar content.

UrbanMomma June 22nd, 2013 03:14 PM

Re: Jam
 
Raspberry. My lil ones LOVE pb&j with raspberry jam. Has to be raspberry. LOL. They go through a pretty big jar of it every week and its kind of expensive because they don't like the store brand. I thought if it was easy to make I could make it myself for cheaper.

Farmers-wife June 22nd, 2013 03:20 PM

Re: Jam
 
It is easy. Don't know if its cheaper unless you have a good source for berries.

mom2many2010 June 22nd, 2013 03:32 PM

Re: Jam
 
That is the easiest, and the flavor I just made like 40 jars of when I got all of those free berries.

You can either do equal amounts sugar to raspberries or slightly more sugar, but try not to do more the 4/5 cups of berries at a time, it doesn't tend to work as well if you go any higher. I like a little more cause the berries tend to be slightly bitter. The also work great together with banana's (odd right?) or peaches. Food for thought. :smile:

Mash the berries and bring to a full boil, once at a full boil add the sugar. At this point a little trick my aunt taught me was to add a tablespoon or two of butter. It helps keep it from foaming really badly. If it does foam just remove the foam. Let it boil for at least 2 minutes...I go a little longer.

Then poor into jars and can it.

Babymakes8 June 23rd, 2013 07:31 AM

Re: Jam
 
I haven't canned jam or jelly on my own yet, but plan to this year! I have a ball canning book that I follow.

UrbanMomma June 23rd, 2013 07:42 AM

Re: Jam
 
This is the only time of year when berries are pretty cheap around here. I am going to try it, when it gets a little cooler this week.


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